CHARCOAL AND WOOD WORKGROUP MEETING
Environment Department: University of York
Sunday 4th October 2015
Dana Challinor (Oxford), Lauren Shotter (Edinburgh), Maria Gehrels and Colin Courtney-Mustaphi (York)
10am Arrival and coffee
10.30 – 12.30am Presentations/Discussion
Colin Courtney-Mustaphi (University of York):
- The REAL project; an overview of how we build, analyse and use charcoal records in palaeoenvironmental studies and ongoing projects.
- Emerging palaeoecological methods for charcoal analysis
Zoe Hazell (Historic England):
- Update on the 6th Anthracology Conference in Freiburg 2015.
- Archaeological excavation and wood charcoal analysis of charcoal burning platforms, Cumbria, NW England.
Gill Campbell (Historic England):
- Update on the EAA 2015 session ‘Scientific techniques to examine human interaction with woodlands (Lorna O’Donnell and Scott Timpany)’.
- Evergreens in Wiltshire: an early prehistory. The historic ecology of pine in southern England and impact of Mesolithic and Neolithic populations.
General discussion topics.
12.30 – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30 – 3.30pm Workshop with Steve Allen (York Archaeological Trust)
Steve will be bringing some teaching materials to discuss aspects of waterlogged wood recording (and application to charcoal) including: toolmark signatures, growth rates etc.
There will also be an opportunity for a general microscope session. Everyone is welcome to bring any material they would like to discuss or get a second opinion on.
A wood slide reference collection will be available.
3.30 – 4pm Tea will be available for anyone wishing to stay for further discussion or microscope use.